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A Roundup of the Week Feb. 9-15
Compiled by Cathrine Wolf
February 23, 1987
PRO BASKETBALL—The road, generally hazardous to NBA teams, proved relatively hospitable. Visitors, who had won only 176 of 538 games entering the week, were 5-0 on Wednesday and 17-19 overall. Boston led the way, marching through Denver 119-105, Golden State 134-112 and Portland 131-116 before falling 106-103 to the Lakers in a clash of titans (page 20). In the Atlantic Division, the Celtics had a nine-game edge over Philadelphia, which lost Charles Barkley and three games. Detroit won twice on the road—123-113 in OT over Philadelphia and 113-109 over Cleveland—before coming home to a league-record crowd of 52,745 at the Pontiac Silverdome, where it took an outright Central Division lead with a 125-107 win over the Sixers. Atlanta was 1� games back after losses to Golden State 103-96 and Portland 98-93. While visiting New Jersey, Houston coach Bill Fitch became the fifth NBA coach to win 700 regular-season games when the Rockets beat the Nets 121-99. Only Red Auerbach, Jack Ramsay, Dick Motta and Gene Shue have more. The Rockets were three games behind Utah and six behind Midwest Division leader Dallas, which sandwiched wins over Portland 135-115 and the Clippers 138-107 around a 129-125 loss to Sacramento. The Lakers led Portland by eight games in the Pacific, after beating the Kings 114-98 and Indiana 113-108.
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February 23, 1987

A Roundup Of The Week Feb. 9-15

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DIED: JOE YOUNG, 38, a race driver for 10 years; of multiple injuries incurred in a six-car crash during the Komfort Koach 200, a subcompact race; at Daytona International Speedway. Another driver, Duell Sturgill, suffered fractures to both legs in the crash.

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